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Melinda Gates discusses her agonizing separation from Bill Gates



Melinda French Gates, Bill Gates’s ex-wife, has spoken out about her “unbelievably painful” divorce.
In May 2021, the couple, who tied the knot in 1994 and had been together for 27 years, announced their breakup.
Melinda stated the following in a recent interview with Fortune Magazine:I could no longer stay in that marriage for a number of reasons.

However, the peculiar aspect of COVID is that it provided me with privacy to carry out my duties.
“I had the privacy to get through it, even though it is unbelievably painful, in innumerable ways.”
Melinda emphasized that her three children, Phoebe, 19, Jennifer, 25, and Rory, 23, were her primary concern during the separation process.
The couple continued to collaborate at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation despite the divorce.
She stated,“I needed to show up every day and be my best self, and I kept working with the person I was moving away from.So I have to show up and do my best, even if I’m crying at 9 a.m. and have to be on a video conference with the person I’m leaving at 10 a.m.
“Being a leader taught me that I could do it.It made me realize that the foundation expects me to do my very best.
In an interview with Gayle King that aired earlier this year on CBS Mornings, French Gates stated that following the divorce, she had shed “a lot of tears for many days” and was “grieving a loss.”
In 2000, it was made public that Bill had an affair with a Microsoft employee for a long time after asking several women out.

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